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Teachers Step Up When Tragedy Steps In
NCTE INBOX 5-21-13

I spent Monday on a field trip with my 5th grade daughter. It was wonderful to spend the day learning with teachers and students. When I got home and saw the news about the tornado in Oklahoma, my heart went out to those affected.

I am having a hard time putting my thoughts and feelings into words, so this week, I am leaving that to others.

  • A friend of mine who teaches third grade posted her thoughts Tuesday morning: “When I became a teacher I felt responsible for teaching reading, writing, math, etc. As years went by my job changed and I found that I was now not only a teacher, but I became a nurse, social worker, and friend to children that came to school from a variety of backgrounds - some from happy homes and some from very sad homes. Now in light of shootings and tornadoes I realize that in addition to all of those things I am ultimately a protector of children, though I know that I cannot always protect them from all of the bad in the world. Teachers across the United States are not in classrooms because of their lucrative salaries. They are there to teach, nurse, counsel, listen, and do their best to protect little people. I am sure that every teacher in the world is praying these tragedies never happen at their school and praying for those that are facing this reality once again. Bless those teachers that huddled, covered, shielded, and loved those children. You are our heroes!”
  • Traci Gardner compiled a list of resources from and other Thinkfinity partners.
  • Larry Ferlazzo posted “The Best Multimedia for Learning about the Midwest & Oklahoma Tornadoes” and “More on the Oklahoma Tornado.”
  • Deborah Gist (@deborahgist) shared this post on Twitter “@todayshow: Tornado survivor: My teacher ‘saved our lives’
  • The National Education Association (@NEAToday) expressed their thanks: “Thank you to the educators, rescuers & others who heroically saved lives at Briarwood and Plaza Towers ES.” For more on those teachers, read “Teachers Heroic in Okla. Tornado” from an EdWeek blog.
  • The National Association of School Psychologists has put together a kit, “Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers.”
  • In the calm after the storm, a rainbow was spotted.

Thank you, teachers, for always making a difference!



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